By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—THE Esogban of Benin Kingdom and Chairman of the Benin Forum, an umbrella body of all Binis in Nigeria and diaspora, Chief David Edebiri, yesterday, told those involved in kidnapping in the state that the curse laid on them by the Oba of Benin was capable of killing any evil doer, whether an indigene or not.
It will be recalled that the Bini monarch, Oba Erediauwa, worried by the spate of kidnapping in the state, placed a curse on kidnappers and all those involved in criminal activities in the state, three months ago.
However, the Esogban, who was reacting to insinuation in some quarters that the curse placed by the Oba may have failed since kidnapping in the state had persisted, described as laughable, the insinuation that the curse was ineffective and insisted that the curse had worked. According to him, “the curse placed on the kidnappers and other evil doers has really worked in the sense that it reduced the tempo from what it was at that time. There is a woman who told me a story when she was kidnapped. She said they asked her in the bush, whether the curse placed by the Oba and his chiefs could kill them. The woman said she did not answer them because she was scared.
“One of the kidnappers said the curse cannot kill him because he is not a Bini man. Their own interpretation is that the curse can only kill Benin people. And that is a wrong notion.You will find that at the stage the curse was placed, the thing degenerated to village to village kidnapping, especially in Benin areas. So the curse has really reduced the trend,” he said.
Chief Edebiri added “one thing you do not know is when a man, who is cursed dies, he cannot come back to say it was that curse that killed him. When a man who was cursed is caught in the act, he will not even know that it was the curse that made him vulnerable. These are spiritual issues. Nobody can joke with Oba’s curse. It is very effective and with time you will see that it worked perfectly.”